The first print issue of The McGill International Review (MIR) with its theme of Canada in the World, was published in the Winter of 2000. Led by Toby A.A. Heaps (B.A., 2000) and his team of editors under IRSAM’s Vice President of Internal Operations, the publication provided a new platform for discussion of international relations, catered specifically to the young academia. With the likes of Louise Arbour, the former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Professor Desmond Morton, historian and former McGill Faculty member specializing in Canadian military and politics, MIR strived to set a precedent in both quality and content among student-run university journals. From its founding year in 2000 up until 2004, MIR published bi-annually, successfully garnering a strong audience base within and beyond McGill’s academic circles.
Following a temporary hiatus, MIR was relaunched in 2010 with a new mandate to better cater to the needs of the publication’s biggest readership. Recognizing that publication opportunities were limited to the graduate and faculty-based academia, MIR modified its submission process to include the undergraduate student body. With its new vision to create a journal made for and by the undergraduate community of McGill, MIR gradually became an accessible outlet for student discourse.
The platform was reformatted in 2013 under the supervision of then Vice President of Internal Operations (Ameya Pendse) to engage wider readership. The executive board included Esther Lee (Editor in Chief), Alex Langer (Managing Editor, Online), and Christopher Liu (Managing Editor, Print).
Under Dylan Lamberti (Editor in Chief, Online) and Miro Guzzini (Editor in Chief, Print), 2016-17 saw an exponential growth in readership, a dramatic increase in high quality submissions, and the production of more professionalized media projects (teaser videos, short documentaries, dynamic interviews with high-profile figures, podcasts, etc.) This team effort earned MIR its first nomination for Publication of the Year by the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU), as well as numerous academic citations.
For 2017-18, Benjamin Aloi (Editor in Chief, Online) and Marie Lemieux (Editor in Chief, Print) will assume independent seats on the IRSAM Board of Directors for the first time in the publication’s history, and the two look to build on last year’s tremendous successes to consistently deliver excellent critical analysis in international affairs.